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Goodall - we battled

4 April 2013

Alan Goodall reflected on Town's much deserved point at Roots Hall where the home side struck late to chalk out the defender's fourth goal of the season inside three minutes.

by Mike McGough

Alan Goodall reflected on Town's much deserved point at Roots Hall where the home side struck late to chalk out the defender's fourth goal of the season inside three minutes.

Gareth Evans missed a penalty which would have doubled Fleetwood's lead and Goodall thinks it was disappointing not to bring all three points back north. He said: ""It is one of those, he struck it well enough but the keeper has made a good save and he has just got to get on with that. It is unfortunate because I think we would have pushed on from there quite comfortably, but it wasn't to be and I think the lads did well anyway. "I think the boys really played some good football. We battled and deserved our right to play and gave it a good go in the first half." Goodall has helped Fleetwood's goals tally this season whilst being solid at the back all year, but he said that he concentrates on his job as a defender and did not have an aim to score goals as he has: "It is nice, as a defender you love to score and get off the mark early doors because it gives you a good advantage. "I didn't have a target at the beginning of the season but I don't mind scoring. The most important job for me is keeping the goals out at the back, and at the end it was disappointing at the back post, but we will go again and work on it a bit more." The defender has denied that the short time-span between Saturday afternoon's clash with Gillingham and the 1pm kick off with the Shrimpers had anything to do with the late equaliser and looked ahead to the local derby with his former side Rochdale at the weekend. He continued: "I don't think we dropped down a gear, they had a bit of momentum and got on top of us a little bit but a quick turnaround in games and the lads are bound to be a bit tired. I don't think we gave up, we gave it everything we had and the boys played well. "It is important now that we do the right things, prepare for the game (Rochdale) properly and go from there." Barry Nicholson's effort late on almost gave the Cod Army all three points, but for a great save by goalkeeper Paul Smith. "The keeper has done well to save it again, because it was a great move. I thought he had got the winner for us, it was a bit disappointing but I think, if it had have gone in we were more deserved the victory but a point is ok."

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